NewMediaMetrics' predictive analysis, says Mediaweek, shows that ABC's FlashForward, NBC's hospital drama Trauma; Fox's Family Guy spinoff The Cleveland Show and the CW's Vampire Diaries all have promise. Other new series flagged by NewMediaMetrics are ABC's The Forgotten, Fox musical comedy Glee and ABC's Cougar Town and Eastwick.
In all, ABC boasts nine of the top 20 new shows, according to the NMM analysis. Last year, NMM's picks resulted in an 86.4% accuracy rate.
In addition to Tuesdays, NMM believes the primetime Leno experiment will get good traction on Thursday nights as well.
NMM co-founders Gary Reisman and Denise Larson noted that while no one has seen a final blueprint for the new Leno program, the elevated expectations are a function of viewers' "emotional attachment" to the comedian, explains Mediaweek.